Nepal WASH Blog Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) & Development in Nepal

April 25, 2013

Photo of the week – 25 April 2013

Filed under: Drinking water,Photo of the week,Rural — nepalwash @ 6:02 pm

Dambar Kumari Pulami – 69, Tosramkhola VDC, Sindhuli District Nepal: “My grand children's future will be much better as the clean water is accessible near home. They will not have hard life like us. Now they know lots of things about sanitation and hygiene. I can also tell them to wash hands before eating and after playing. The new generation is also very quick to grasp and understand these issues.” WaterAid/ Mani Karmacharya, February 2013

January 22, 2013

Link of the week – 22 January

Filed under: Advocacy,Drinking water,Rural,Technology — nepalwash @ 9:00 am

सोलार प्रविधिबाट खानेपानी आयोजना सञ्चालन

९ माघ, इलाम । इलामको बाँझो गाविस वडा नम्बर ६ को रक्से बजारमा जिल्लामै पहिलोपटक सोलार पम्पिङबाट खानेपानी आयोजना सञ्चालन भएको छ । अग्लो डाँडामा रहेको रक्से बजारलाई लक्षित गरेर सोलार पम्पिङ सञ्चालन गरिएको हो । यसअघि त्यहाँका बासिन्दालाई करिब पाँच किलोमिटर टाढा रहेको साकफाराबाट ल्याएको पानीले जीवनयापन गर्नुपर्दा ज्यादै समस्या भएको थियो, उपभोक्ता समितिका सदस्य किरण राईले भन्नुभयो ‘सोलारबाट पानी तान्न थालेपछि स्थानीय बासिन्दालाई राहत मिलेको छ ।’

More – Click here for our link of the week – 22 January

January 10, 2013

Photo of the week – 10 January

Filed under: Equity and inclusion,Rural,Water Supply — nepalwash @ 3:00 pm

Ghyatchock Drinking Water, Health and Sanitation Project implemented at Ward Number 4, 5 and 6, Ghyatchock Village, Gorkha District served around 570 people living in the village. Ms Bhul Maya BK – 43 from Bansbot community, Ward Number 5 is one of them.

June 29, 2011

Reaching out to the unreached through VDC WASH coverage in Nepal

Filed under: Advocacy,Anita Pradhan's Post,Rural — Anita Pradhan @ 9:00 am

In 2008/09 WaterAid in Nepal worked together with Nepal Water for Health (NEWAH) to initiate a WASH intervention in the Ghyachok VDC of Gorkha district to develop its Water Use Master Plan (WUMP). Based on the WUMP’s recommendations, eight schemes were identified to address Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) requirements in the Ghyachok VDC and a three year implementation plan was developed.

Ghyachok is the most remote VDC in the area, located in the northern part of Gorkha district in the western development region. Agriculture is the principle livelihood of people in the area, the majority of who are from the Gurung and Tamang ethnic groups, along with Dalit living in very scattered settlements. Before WaterAid’s support, only 8% of people had access to clean water and 7% to improved sanitation services. Others had to fetch water from distant springs and rivers – approximately a one hour round trip. Open defecation was common.

In the first year (2008/09) WaterAid in Nepal and NEWAH implemented their first WASH project and the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Fund Board (a World Bank funded government programme) also initiated a three year project cycle scheme. The next year, WaterAid introduced a VDC coverage approach in its rural programme and implemented another three schemes. A further three schemes were implemented in 2010/11 and all the WASH projects were completed by the end of March 2011.

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April 20, 2011

Rural campaigning to end water and sanitation scarcity

Filed under: Advocacy,Campaigns,Rural,Walk for Water — Shikha Shrestha @ 9:00 am

Campaigning for water scarcity is not a new phenomenon in Nepal. The presence of active members of End Water Poverty Nepal, Freshwater Action Network Nepal and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Nepal – WSSCC Nepal chapter together with organizations including WaterAid in Nepal, NEWAH, NGOFUWS, FEDWASUN, Guthi and private partners like Standard Chartered Bank, Rotary Club and so the list goes on.  If I’ve missed any organization that has been a strong supporter then please do not be offended, all your contribution is highly appreciated.

Nepal Walk for Water campaign aims to raise awareness of the water and sanitation crisis and demand concrete action from national political leadership. The walk emphasizes the need for solidarity to ensure equal access to safe water and sanitation recognizing the crisis as prioritized national development agenda. It calls for water and sanitation to be a political priority, for investments to reach communities in need, and that water and sanitation is not ignored anymore.

Federation of Water and Sanitation Users in Nepal (FEDWASUN) mobilized their members in various districts. The walk in Dhading district was led by Honorable Minister Ganga Lal Tuladhar, Ministry of Education along with the Chief District Officer, Local Development Officer and Chief of Water District Division.  Political party leaders, district based water supply and sanitation related bureaucrats, concerned civil society organizations were present in all these walks.

Photo: Honorable Minister leading the walk at Dhading

Uniqueness of the walk was showcased by carrying of water vessels in the walks organized by FEDWASUN. The photographs were publicized by National Daily that hyped up the coverage of water scarcity in the country. The symbolic representation of water vessel is found to be successful in capturing media attention. The challenge for the future however is how to maintain the creativity of the campaigns without duplicating the same symbol? The captivating rally of Dang with Tharu women carrying vessels on their head showcased their rich culture. Rallies with traditional music (“Painche Bajha”) were another attraction for walks in Gulmi and Pyuthan.

Photo: Overwhelming participation of women with water vessels

The media coverage of the campaign complains of organizing these events only on global events. On contrary, how these events help raise awareness in remotest parts should be analyzed. In a remote district like Doti , in  presence of small children political leader Mr. Ank Bhadhar Khadkha commented “We understand the importance of water, and promote the use of fresh and waste water in vegetable garden” . These campaigns not only raise awareness but also support local government agencies and political leaders to be accountable to the issues of people at the ground.

The success of these awareness campaigns is overwhelming. However, I agree with the critique that there should be sustained momentum of this campaigning energy so that real change in accountability and responsibility pattern of local leaders and citizens are evidenced with increased coverage of water and sanitation access.

March 22, 2011

Climbing out of poverty

Filed under: Anita Pradhan's Post,Rural — Anita Pradhan @ 11:23 am
The small village of Neupane Gaun lies nestled in the foothills in Nepal. The beauty of the surroundings hides the poverty felt here, made worse by the lack of access to safe, clean water.
Many villagers have left Neupane Gaun looking for work, but Kabita (pictured here) and the others who remained were drinking water that put their lives at risk.

Kabita collecting water from the new tapstand near her home in Neupane Gaun.

“I used to wake up early in the morning around 4am just to collect water. It was very dark and I was always scared about slipping and falling down the hill. It used to take two hours for a round trip to collect the water.”

If there was no one to help her, Kabita would have to make this backbreaking trip five times a day to collect water for her family which she knew wasn’t safe. Spending 10 hours a day collecting water on steep and slippery mountain paths meant that she had no time to work and little time to care for her children.

“We used to risk our lives just to collect a bucket of water,” said Nawa Raj Meupane, the first Water Committee Chairman in Neupane Gaun.

Thanks to support from people like you, Kabita’s village now has a gravity flow scheme that brings clean water from high mountain springs through pipes and into storage tanks. Lower down, a distribution system provides Cabita and Nawa with a nearby tap, providing safe, clean water right outside their homes.

“I felt like I had climbed Mount Everest when we first turned the taps on,” Nawa said. “We had done great work. It was like a dark day which became full of light.”

We are looking for your help in setting up more of these schemes in some of the poorest communities around the world. Combined with sanitation and hygiene education, safe water can transform every aspect of people’s lives and help them climb out of poverty.

Clean water can change people’s lives in every way. Knowing what clean water can do – not only saving lives, but giving whole communities hope for the future.

Kabita used to carry dangerously heavy loads of water for long distances up the steep mountain paths.

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